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Old 07-06-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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First post to HBT, but long time reader of HBD (in its heyday) and this terrific site.

I purchased 2 Wyeast 3787 Activator smack packs a few months ago but never brewed. They are dated 12/2012. I'm not holding out much hope for these based on their age so I recently purchased another that was dated 4/2013.

I plan to brew an all-grain Belgian Tripel with an O.G. of about 1.080. Mr. Malty says I will need ~275 Billion cells.

Here are the options I feel I have for making a starter. BTW, I will be using a stir plate and 2L flask. I limit the qty of starter in a 2L flask to about 1.6L.

Option 1:
Ditch the 2 12/2012 packs and just go with the 4/2013 pack and a 1.6L starter. I don't think I will yield enough cells with this option.

Option 2:
Make 2 1.6L starters where I use both 12/2012 packs in one and the 4/2013 pack in the other.

Option 3:
Make 2 1.6L starters and _try_ to split the 4/2013 pack in half between the 2.

Looking for opinions/suggestions/other options, etc.

Thank you,

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Old 07-06-2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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Make a 1L starter with both 2012 packs, crash cool it, decant the spent starter wort, and then make a new 1.6L starter with it.

Save your 2013 pack for the future, or toss it in alongside everything else if you're paranoid.

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